Photo: Reg CaldecottJordanne Whiley (GBR)
Marc McCarroll and Jordanne Whiley made it four titles for British players at the Israel Open, part of the NEC Wheelchair Tennis Tour, after winning the men’s and women’s singles titles on Friday’s final day of play in Tel Aviv.
McCarroll and Whiley’s successes came a day after Israeli players had won the quad singles and doubles titles, top seed Shraga Weinberg claiming his eighth Israel Open title on home soil since 2005 before partnering the 2012 quad singles champion Boaz Kramer to retain the quad doubles title.
Weinberg beat Kramer 57 62 63 in the singles final and the Beijing 2008 quad doubles silver medallists the paired up to beat Britain’s Adam Field and Marcus Jonsson of Sweden 64 64.
Whiley lands ‘special’ title 18 years after 'first' Israel Open
In the women’s singles final top seed Whiley secured an extra special victory as she claimed her third ITF 2 Series title and her 12th career title after beating French third seed Christine Schoenn 61 61.
Whiley’s victory comes 18 years after she first hit tennis balls from her wheelchair as a three-year-old at the 1995 Israel Open. Whiley was at the tournament then with her dad, Keith, who was playing on that occasion. Father and daughter were both born with Brittle Bone Disease.
“This is a special week for me and quite an emotional one and I’m delighted to have won both titles,” said Whiley, who had partnered Turkey’s Busra Un to win the women’s doubles title on the penultimate day of play.
“This is where I first played wheelchair tennis with my dad in between his matches. The tournament even gave me my own award for being the youngest wheelchair tennis player they had ever seen. Who’d have thought I would come back here 18 years later as a Paralympic medallist and win both the singles and doubles titles,” added Whiley.
McCarroll saves match points to win all-British men’s final
In the all-British men’s singles final top seed McCarroll came from 5-2 down and saved two match points in the third set against second seed David Phillipson before prevailing 75 36 75.
It was a first ITF 2 Series title and eleventh career title for British No. 2 McCarroll, who had partnered Phillipson to win the men’s doubles title on Thursday.
Last season McCarroll won his first ITF 1 Series title at the South African Open.
The first of McCarroll’s 11 career singles titles on the NEC Wheelchair Tennis Tour also came in Tel Aviv in 2007, when he won the ITF Futures Series Beit Halochem tournament.